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Laurent A. Voivenel has been newly appointed as senior vice president of operations and development for the Middle East, Africa and India at Swiss-Belhotel International. He has over 30 years of international hotel and asset management experience with some of the world’s leading and most prestigious hospitality brands including Starwood Hotels & Resorts and Hilton Hotels & Resorts. Voivenel was previously CEO of Hospitality Management Holding. The new senior VP will oversee the company’s strategic expansion in this key growth market.
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Having been based in the Middle East for the last 16 years, Voivenel has a deep understanding of the region’s unique business dynamics and culture that has resulted in a solid network and close ties with hotel owners, developers and investors.
The current portfolio of Swiss-Belhotel International currently consists of more than 145 hotels, resorts and projects across 23 countries. The Middle East, Africa and India region are now being targeted as an important growth market. The global company has just added approximately 3500 rooms under development across Jordan, Egypt and Bahrain. Some strategic announcements for Arabian Travel Market (ATM) are also slated to take place from April 24 – 27.
“We have more than 17 hotels under development in the Middle East, in addition to our existing properties, and some of these will be officially announced during the ATM,” said Mr. Gavin M. Faull, Chairman and President of Swiss-Belhotel International in a press statement. “We are pleased to expand our footprint in the region where we have been operating, with great success for over a decade and will soon be adding exciting new destinations.”